2014-04-18 / Columnists

Looking Back

What The Wave Said…

10 Years Ago…

Can you imagine a Times Square-like turnaround for the business areas in Rockaway? Well, the new executive director of the Rockaway Chamber of Commerce says she can. Joanie Omeste, who was part of the team that cleaned up Times Square in the 1990s, took her first steps at the Chamber this week.

A Department of Transportation installer put up “No Parking Any Time” sign along Rockaway Beach Boulevard on Saturday morning at 8:15 a.m. Controversial signs were put up the day before Easter and during the Passover holiday, angering many local residents who asked why the DOT could not have waited until the holidays ended to put up the controversial signs. A DOT spokesperson told The Wave that Saturday was not a holiday.

The Rockaway Development and Revitalization Corporation (RDRC) held the first in its series of business workshops entitled “Rockaway Means Business,” on Friday, March 12. RDRC, in collaboration with local banks and government agencies, provided the Rockaway business community with a day of information about financing opportunities that are available to the small business owner.

30 Years Ago ...

A 9-year-old Rockaway Beach boy was struck by an automobile at the intersection of Beach Channel Drive and Beach 92 Street on the evening of Wednesday, April 18. The boy was taken to Peninsula Hospital, and at press time doctors said he had no broken bones.

Community Board 14 and the Chamber of Commerce of the Rockaways are sponsoring a clean-up, paint-up, fix-up campaign that will start this Saturday. People will be asked to paint their homes and property and sidewalks, and generally fix up. The city’s Department of Sanitation will go through Rockaway cleaning lots and loose debris.

District Attorney John J. Stantucci will speak on Sunday at a meeting of the 101 Precinct Community and Youth Council. Police Officer Noel Webster, a community relations specialist in the precinct, will be on hand to answer questions. More than 70 people turned out at Pier 92 for a party to honor retired 101 Precinct Police Officer John Montiel on April 2. Montiel, who was given numerous plaques and other awards, worked as a planning and crime prevention specialist.

Police are appealing again for anyone with any information to help them identify a handcuffed man who was found dead in an empty, sealed bungalow at 116A Beach 24 Street, Far Rockaway. Firemen found the body while extinguishing a fire at that address.

40 Years Ago...

The Long Island Lighting Company has selected its 525 acre Jamesport site on the border of the towns of Riverhead and Southold on the north shore of Long Island as the preferred location for two 1,150,000 kilowatt nuclear units planned for operation in 1981 and 1983 at a cost of $1.2 billion.

Construction work on the new sewer screening plant at Beach 106 Street and Beach Channel Drive looks like an open pit mining operation. The remarkable thing about is that the excavation goes far below the water line making it really amount to a submarine job. Hundreds of well points keep the sand dry so workmen can get on with the job.

Walter Patterson has left the Dalsimer store where he has been manager for some years. Now there is consternation on Beach 116 Street. Who will replace him as “shamus” for the annual menorah when Chanukah arrives?

Eddie Garcia of Beach 123 Street and Newport Avenue reports that his 1967 Pontiac was stolen from his driveway early last Saturday. What makes it doubly hard to stomach, he said, is that he just gassed her up on Friday night.

50 Years Ago...

What first looked like a line of people leaving St. Rose of Lima Church last week turned out to be a line of people waiting for a look at the model apartment in Dayton Park just across from the church.

The shopping center on Beach Channel Drive in the 50s that has been talked about for a long time now is reportedly ready to get underway. It could be in business for the coming summer.

The Somerville section of Arverne is the fastest-growing area in the Rockaways, and some of the residents say it is not getting enough attention from local businesspeople and city agencies. Seems they want service.

“Slow-poke local transit service” is what the Queens Chamber of Commerce calls the Transit Authority’s service in Queens - and that includes the Rockaways.

Fine weather on Sunday brought out many visitors from the city, and the restaurants were kept busy feeding the house hunters and boardwalk strollers who were enjoying a preview of summer.

60 Years Ago...

The Reverend Joseph A. Grogan of St. Francis de Sales Church was presented with the keys to a 1954 Buick by the Queens County Chaplain of the Catholic War Veterans, in recognition of his years of service to the organization. The presentation took place at the 19th annual Communion Breakfast of the Queens County Chapter.

Pile drivers, hammers, saws and other tools are used by expert hands throughout the Rockaways as construction proceeds apace in anticipation of the advent of rapid transit, housing developments and private construction. The Hammel Housing Project and a new junior high school are scheduled to open in the fall, and the new trestle should be completed by 1955.

The mayor’s Committee on Slum Clearance has recommended the creation of 6,200 apartments in Seaside to federal authorities this week.

The Wave’s archives were largely lost to Hurricane Sandy. But through piecing together online sources, we are once again able to present this feature.

There may be some gaps in the record, some years may be missing, but here’s…

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